All photos: Mike Brindley
Friday’s slopestyle comp fortunately didn’t leave anyone with a lack of energy, and before we knew it, it was back up the hill at Hafjell in time for Big Air.
The ladies were first to drop for finals, keeping the comp flowing in the jam-style half hour format. Lighter riders like Anna Gasser were seen employing a previously unseen buddy system, dropping with a skier alongside to help get a speed boost to clear the jump.
In the end it was local lass Silje Norendal‘s opening 900 that stood the test of time, paired with her final back 7 to put her atop the podium with both Julia Marino and Anna Gasser‘s back 7/cab double underflip combos falling just short score wise.
In the men’s, controversy abound over the top two spots. Mark McMorris took the gold, putting down a super clean back 16, and cleaning up his switch back 16 for his final run; but many were questioning why Max Parrot’s cab 16, front 14 and cab 1800 combo went seemingly overlooked, with all options from the lack of take-off carve in Max’s approach, to the fact that both bigger spins were cab, to an inbuilt error in X Games’ scoring system being suggested. Wherever you land, there’s no doubt that both boys were sending it on the night.
Not forgetting a long overdue podium spot after 6 X Games appearances for another Norwegian favourite, Torgeir Bergrem. He launched his first cab triple 14 super deep, and capped it off with a flat back 16 to take third.
Peep our gallery from the Big Air below: